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Steam's gift changes hurt key resellers, gamers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2017 8:34 pm

Valve has made some key changes to Steam's gifting system in an effort to standardize the feature, a move that hurts key resellers like G2A...but also harms overseas gamers.




The major change to Steam's gifting system is that gamers can no longer gift a game to users in other countries if there's a huge price difference between the two regions. For example, games are typically cheaper in the U.S. than in Australia, so many overseas gamers ask their U.S. friends to buy a game at a cheaper price and gift it to them and remunerate the buyer via Paypal. That option is no longer available if the games have a price difference of 10% or more across regions.


This move specifically harms key resellers in two ways. Resellers typically buy tons of games from overseas regions at a discounted rate via sales, and then sell them in other countries for profit via gift codes. Valve no longer allows gifting via email, so you can't send a gift Steam game code to someone via email. Plus Steam now restricts overseas purchases in the aforementioned way.

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds limited time 25% off deal

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: May 4, 2017 7:19 pm

Since its March 23, 2017 release Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has consistently been one of the top three selling games on Steam. Not bad for an early access title? Because of it's popularity, there hasn't been a need to see discounts below the $29.99 list price and the game stayed a Steam exclusive. Well, earlier this week it showed up at the PC gaming retailer GMG where they are now running a 25% discount code.




The coupon is applied at checkout under the section labeled "Vouchers". Once punched in, the code takes twenty five percent off the thirty dollar list price. This gets you the best price to date by $7.50.


Update 5/5: coupon code died. Check here for future discounts.



The code originated in an email chain that looked to be unique and one time use. That's what it looked like. In truth the code has been used multiple times and still works as reported by Slickdeals and other sources.


With a peak of 144,640 players and regularly 73,398, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is arguably the best multiplayer game of 2017. Now getting its first discount.

New God of War release date possibly leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Apps | Posted: May 4, 2017 5:19 pm

Sony's new God of War game will likely be a major highlight of its E3 2017 showcase, and we could see the game release this year.



According to a listing found on Portuguese website Gaming Replay, Sony's new Norse-themed God of War game will release on September 14, 2017, just days after Bungie's high-profile Destiny 2 sequel.


As for the God of War game, Sony Santa Monica has chosen a unique Norse mythology theme for the game, and it'll take place at a fantasy period when gods walked the earth.

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Qualcomm to unveil Snapdragon 660 next week

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 4, 2017 3:22 pm

After launching their latest top-tier chipset in January, Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm is all set to unveil their newest mid-range Snapdragon 660 on May 9th.




The 660 will follow the footsteps of Snapdragon 652, but according to the sources, it will be much closer to their flagship chipset.


Although it won't be built on a 10nm process like Snapdragon 835, but rather 14nm, it will use an octa-core CPU with Kryo 280 cores, the same cores as the 835. The GPU tagged with the SoC should be an Adreno 512.

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You can now add reactions to Facebook comments

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 4, 2017 1:14 pm

Back in March, Facebook introduced Reactions for Messenger, and now the company has added ability to respond to Facebook comments with like, love, haha, wow, sad and angry.




"We've heard from people they'd like more ways to show their reaction in conversations on Facebook, so we're rolling out the ability to react to comments," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.


It appears that this feature isn't available to everyone yet, but is slowly rolling out globally.

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Prey has 1.3GB day one patch on PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2017 7:22 am

Much like any modern game, Arkane's new Prey game will release with a day-one patch.




Prey's day-one patch isn't so bad and only tallies to 1.3GB in size. But size isn't nearly as important as what it fixes, and according to the patch notes, the update smooths out quite a bit of things including frame rate bugs, audio issues, saving and loading bugs, and other problems across the board.


The patch also addresses NPC interactions and UI, as well as enemy behaviors, powers, player issues, and much more. Since Prey is slated to release this Friday, we thought it pertinent to roll this info out to give gamers a better idea of what to expect from the final game, especially anyone who's interested in the PS4 version.

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Google: Uber created fake company to steal its secrets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 4, 2017 6:23 am

Uber is spiraling out of control right now, with the company in massive multiverse troubles, and now Google's parent company Alphabet suing Uber.




Alphabet claims that Uber stole propreitary self-driving car technology from Google's exciting Waymo project, with Alphabet's lawyers claiming that Uber created the original LLC, Ottomotto company as a "diversionary tactic and that Uber and Otto executives planned to acquire the company all along", reports Engadget.


Waymo lawyers showed stock awards, timelines and emails to help their claim that Uber created a company to steal self-driving tech secrets. Former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski is in the center of this battle, as he founded Otto and is now working at Uber.

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Blizzard rewards gamer who found StarCraft source code

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2017 6:22 am

Imagine the feeling of finding a CD-R with the source code to the original StarCraft... your heart would stop, and you wouldn't know what to do with yourself.




This is most likely what Reddit user Khemist49 went through, when he found a gold master source code disc of the original StarCraft from 1998, something that was discovered inside of a "box of Blizzard stuff" he purchased on eBay. Inside the box, he saw a CD-R that said "StarCraft Gold Master Source Code".


He took to Reddit, where some users said to rip everything off of the CD and put it online, but the decision drove him "crazy" in the end and he decided to tell Blizzard. Blizzard's legal team reached out to him, asking him to return the disc as it contained "intellectual property and trade secrets".

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EVGA teases its GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid graphics card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2017 5:32 am

EVGA has now confirmed its GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HYBRID graphics card, something that will be built on the foundation of its SuperClocked2 design.




EVGA uses a modified PCB with the GTX 1080 Ti SC2 HYBRID, with the GPU clocks at 1556/1670MHz on base/boost, respectively. The 11GB of GDDR5X is clocked at its stock 11Gbps frequency, on the 352-bit memory bus.


There will be a great use of EVGA's awesome iCX cooling technology, working hand-in-hand with their HYBRID cooler. Expect a review from us in the coming weeks.

'Terminator 2' 3D re-release trailer morphs into view

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 4, 2017 4:44 am

The 3D re-release of James Cameron's 'Terminator 2' has just released it's first trailer, and reveals the director can't help but tinker at his classic film.



Sparked predominantly by the hugely successful run of last year's turkey 'Terminator Genisys' in the Chinese market, James Cameron approved the remaster of the classic film, which has been converted to 3D by StereoD, who previously worked with Cameron for the 'Titanic 3D' conversion in 2012, along with 'Jurassic Park 3D'. During the original announcement, Cameron said "I was thrilled to learn how popular 'T2' is in China. And I wanna thank the Chinese fans for their support, which is all the more meaningful considering 'T2' was never released in cinema there. And that's why I'm excited about working with DMG to bring 'T2' into Chinese cinemas for the very first time." The newly released trailer reveals that a famous goof which showed an obvious stunt double during a key action sequence has been digitally corrected.


'Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D' will hit cinemas in US, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand on August 25th 2017.

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